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World's easiest theme song quiz

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 13th 2007 3:21PM

bensonI have to say, I expected something a little more challenging from the folks at mental_floss. This TV theme song quiz was pretty easy (I scored 100%).

Okay, I'll admit that I got a couple of them correct through a process of elimination. If you had walked up to me and started playing the theme to What's Happening?, I wouldn't have been able to tell you what it was. I was too young to remember What's Happening?, but not too young to remember the syndicated spinoff What's Happening Now?, although I don't know how the theme to that series went, either, which is probably for the best. God knows I've spent many a night slamming my head in the oven door to erase any memories of The New WKRP in Cincinnati, also.

Anyway, go take the quiz and then come back here and let me know how you did.

[via TV Filter]

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Not all TV is classic TV

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 10th 2007 11:58AM

Mike, Davy, Peter & MickyI have often said that all television falls into two categories, good and bad. However, I have recently discovered that television can also be categorized as classic and non-classic. But there's a catch.

When I was growing up, there wasn't a lot of good TV due to the fact that there were only three networks (four if you count PBS, which I certainly didn't). Consequently, local affiliates had no choice but to fill their daytime schedules with reruns of popular sitcoms like The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island and The Monkees. These shows and shows like them have become classics almost by default. Bottom line: when an entire generation can sing the theme song of a show, it's a classic.

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The ten worst movies based on TV shows

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 29th 2007 10:01AM

John Steed & Emma PeelWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

A couple of other bloggers have made lists concerning movies that have been made into TV shows and vice versa. There's The Top 10 Movies Based on TV Shows, The Top 5 Shows That are Better than the Movie, Four Small Screen to Big Screen Flops and AOL's own list. Here is my effort. Enjoy.

1. The Avengers: I tried to sit through this move twice and couldn't do it either time. If anyone can explain the plot to me, they can have my job. This movie is the exact opposite of the TV show. Boring, unoriginal, ignorant and unpleasant to watch.

2. Lost in Space: After the cameos by the surviving original cast members, stop watching. Since when is Dr. smith a psycho? I know Heather Graham is hot, but why is Don West more interested in getting laid than getting home? And what is up with the stupid CGI alien? I'd rather see a monkey with Spock ears.

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Reality check on Craigslist

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 19th 2007 8:02AM

phoneOn those rare occasions when I want a used bicycle pump and/or a one-night stand with some random stranger of dubious background, I pop on over to Craigslist to see what I can scrounge up. One has to be careful when dealing with people online, and the only advice I can give is to keep track of which person you're visiting. Trust me, no one wants to walk out of their garage with a bike pump and see you standing there naked because you confused them with the person with whom you've set up a sex date. What's even worse is trying to explain to them, regardless of your mistake, why you would think having sex on their lawn in the middle of the day was a good idea.

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Coupons offered for digital TV switch

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 13th 2007 2:48PM

antennaOn February 19, 2009 all television will switch from an analog to a digital signal. Anyone who doesn't either purchase a special box for digital conversion or purchase a TV specifically designed to receive a digital signal will be dragged into the town square and ritualistically murdered. Those who escape will live out the rest of their days in fear as they're hunted down and exterminated one by one.

Well, maybe it won't be that bad, but it's certainly going to be interesting to see how smooth this whole "digital conversion" thing goes.

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Mo Rocca has a blog

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 27th 2007 1:21PM

oatmealWell, this is news to me: comedian Mo Rocca has a blog on AOL, and I have to say, it's the second greatest blog under the AOL umbrella. Rocca calls it "Mo Rocca: 180°" ("only half as tedious as the regular news"), and it's actually updated on a regular basis with Rocca's wry take on politics and popular culture.

What I've learned from Rocca's blog so far is that not only is he funny, he's also discovered possibly the most disgusting breakfast in the known universe: a combination of oatmeal and cottage cheese, a meal I'm pretty sure maintains the exact same look and consistency through all stages of digestion.

The blog also features exclusive video: below is a pre-Oscars clip in which people on the street talk smack about the best actress nominees.

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Ricky Gervais in the 1980s - Seona Dancing

by Kevin Kelly, posted Feb 17th 2007 1:36PM
Ricky Gervais - then and nowWe've previously reported that funnyman and the star and creator of Extras and The Office Ricky Gervais was in a very short-lived pop group in the 1980s, but I recently uncovered a wealth of information on the subject that just had to be shared.

For those of you who might not know yet, Ricky Gervais was part of a pop duo from 1982 to 1984 called 'Seona Dancing' (shawn-uh, not see-own-ah). They released two singles ("More to Lose" and "Bitter Heart" - both wide b-sides) in the UK that climbed to numbers 117 and 70 on the charts, before they dropped into obscurity. However, in 1985 a DJ in the Philippines started playing "More to Lose", and it rocketed to the top of the Filipino music charts. According to the All Music Guide, "In one part of the world, Seona Dancing's "More to Lose" became an '80s anthem as ubiquitous as Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes."

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TV Guide acquires TVShowsOnDVD.com

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 16th 2007 1:01PM

tvTV Shows on DVD has long been my favorite site for finding information on both recent and upcoming DVD releases of television series, and I've linked to it on numerous occasions. After five years of providing quality content, the site has been acquired by TV Guide. In a message on the site, co-founder Gord Lacey explained that not much will change with the site itself, other than some integration between the site and TVGuide.com.

I always thought the site did pretty well on its own, but as Lacey points out, being part of TV Guide will hopefully give the site even more visibility and access to studios, resulting in even better coverage.

If the acquisition helps to raise the profile of TV Shows On DVD, I say "cheers" to my fellow TV-centric blog. It will remain my preferred choice for TV on DVD news and new releases.

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Being gay in Hollywood

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 14th 2007 3:02PM

neil patrick harrisHere's an interesting AP article on gay actors in Hollywood (including television) and how the industry actually seems to be trailing the public in acceptance. The notion seems to be that while the public has greeted the recent public announcements from the likes of T.R. Knight and Neil Patrick Harris with a shrug, it's still difficult for gays to make it past casting agents and producers, especially for heterosexual roles.

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Gamemaker wants to extend to movies and television

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 14th 2007 2:04PM

ubisoftUbisoft, the French video game maker behind such titles as Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six has plans to spend $400 million to extend its production facilities and begin making CGI movies. The company also hopes this will lead to the development of CGI television series in the future.

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Simpsons and other shows honored at Paley Television Festival

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 28th 2007 12:02PM

simpsonsIf you love yourself some Simpsons and you're going to be in Los Angeles on March 15, be sure to get tickets to the William S. Paley Television Festival where James L. Brooks, Al Jean and Matt Groening will appear with some of the voice actors to talk about the 400th episode of the series and also screen a sneak preview of The Simpsons Movie.

The festival runs from March1 to 15 and will also feature tributes to American Idol, Heroes, The Office, Prison Break, Jericho, Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, The Closer, Dexter and Nip/Tuck. This is the first time in twenty-four years that the festival has been dedicated solely to series that are still on the air. It's named after William S. Paley, founder of both the Museum of Television and Radio and CBS.

George Lucas will take part in a panel discussion and Q&A on March 3.

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TV composer Harvey R. Cohen dead at 55

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 17th 2007 7:31PM

harvey r cohenHarvey R. Cohen, who composed music for both live-action and animated series and won Emmys for his work on the television cartoon series Aladdin and The Adventures of Batman and Robin and was nominated for his work on Casper and Batman: The Animated Series, died January 14 of a heart attack. He was fifty-five.

Cohen's other TV work included Superman, Tiny Toon Adventures, Bonkers, Taz-Mania, The Little Mermaid, Gargoyles, Goof Troop, Dallas, The Wonder Years, Knots Landing, Growing Pains and Murphy Brown. He also orchestrated Billy Crystal's popular Oscar medley on four different occasions, and arranged music for many stars, including Kenny G, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters and Shirley MacLaine. In 2003, he composed a tribute to the Columbia Space Shuttle astronauts.

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Is 2007 the year computers and TVs finally merge?

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 1st 2007 8:05PM

tvNo, it isn't, but we're getting closer.

It's no doubt that TV and the Web found one another last year, as more and more shows began to pop up online, both legally and illegally. Despite that, however, one problem still remained: How does one view the content on their TV screen rather than a computer monitor?

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Danny Bonaduce shows incredible restraint

by Kevin Kelly, posted Dec 17th 2006 4:35PM
In this instance, by "incredible restraint" what I really mean is "I can't believe he didn't pop the guy in the face and then plant his steak knife in his neck while showing full "Bonaduce Rage Out Mode." If you've ever watched more than five minutes of Breaking Bonaduce, Danny's reality show/nightmare/trainwreck, then you know he will flip out with no warning, almost like Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk. At least with good ol' Bruce, there was the odd behavior, the shaking, the turning green and all that jazz, so you'd have at least a few seconds warning. However, when you're dealing with Danny (that would've made a better name for the show), all bets are off.

Now, here's where the restraint comes in. Danny is chowing down at a sidewalk cafe somewhere in Los Angeles, and John Conner (no, not the guy from the Terminator movies) approaches him with a video camera and a microphone and proceeds to ask him questions about a conspiracy concerning our government's involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Now, I'm not even a Z-list celebrity, but if this guy came up to me, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be quite as composed as Danny manages to be. He calmly lets the guy have it verbally, dropping a few F and S bombs here and there, while still eating his lunch. Impressive.

Although, it does seem like Danny would strip naked and bark like a dog if President Bush asked him to. Let's hope that W doesn't use these powers of persuasion over him for evil purposes. However, if he asks Bonaduce to move to Korea and start bugging Kim Jong-il, I think I'd be okay with that.

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David X. Cohen talks about the new Futurama

by Kevin Kelly, posted Dec 13th 2006 3:44PM
David X. Cohen spilled a few beans recently to Toyfare Magazine about the upcoming new Futurama season that'll be both direct to DVD, and appearing on Comedy Central. Right now it's like the chicken and egg, and nobody knows which will come first, but I know that one way or another, I'll be watching. Here's a couple of tidbits:
  • The entire original cast is returning
  • You'll find out some of Nibbler's secrets
  • Al Gore is back
What more can you ask for? Except of course, for them to hurry up and finish it. How long does someone have to wait for some new Futurama goodness? Apparently at least a year longer. The new Futurama won't be ready until 2008, meaning that five years will have passed since a new episode has been seen. Five years! Still, I suppose it's a small price to pay. How many shows come back from the dead after that long? Does this mean I shouldn't give up hope on Gilligan's Island?

[Thanks, Justin and Jeff]

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